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Physical Computing

Build circuits, solder and learn how to use electronic components and micro-controllers including: Arduino, Particle Photon, Raspberry Pi, Bare Conductive Touch Board, sensors, motors, NeoPixels, DMX, Bluetooth, Kinect and Leap Motion. Create interactive objects that respond to touch, distance, movement, temperature or light.

Useful learning resources

Books Getting Started With Arduino 3rd Edition by Massimo Banzi and Michael Shiloh A short an...

Where to buy components

The following list is of common suppliers, other than eBay... Electronics UK Arduino boards, s...

Tutorials

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How to install libraries

Arduino libraries are collections of code that are designed to provide additional, reusable funct...

Powering an Arduino

Here is some resources about powering Arduino or other electronic projects: General How to powe...

Using an MPR121 capacitive touch sensor

# What is the MPR121? The MPR121 is a tiny microchip formerly manufactured by NXP, ...

iPad Case

Students have often wanted to secure an iPad in a non destructive way to the iPad, MA Interaction...

Using a Sparkfun MP3 Trigger

What is the MP3 Trigger? The MP3 trigger is a board made by Sparkfun electronics that provides a...

Controlling an actuator with TinkerKit Mosfet

What is the TinkerKit Mosfet? The TinkerKit Mosfet is a simple module for controlling devices li...

Making sounds with a piezo

What is a piezo? 'Piezo' normally refers to an electrical component which can be used to make so...

Using a Sparkfun Sound Detector

What is the Sound Detector? The Sound Detector is a board made by Sparkfun electronics that prov...

How to connect a push button or switch

What is are push buttons/switches? Buttons and switches are a way of opening and closing a circu...

Using a HC-SR04 distance sensor

What is the HC-SR04? The HC-SR04 is a ultrasonic distance sensor, it uses ultrasound to send out...

Connecting a Potentiometer

What is a potentiometer? A potentiometer (often abbreviated to pot) is an electronic component w...

How to connect a Light Dependent Resistor (LDR)

What is an LDR? An LDR or Light Dependent Resistor is a component which restricts how much power...

How to use a rotary encoder

What is a rotary encoder? A rotary encoder is a device used to measure the rotation of something...

Using the serial monitor and serial logger

What is serial communication? Serial communication is a type of communication between two device...

Using an MFRC522 RFID reader

Pending Example code #include <SPI.h> #include <MFRC522.h> String previous_card...

Using Arduino Leonardo to send USB MIDI data

One of the secrets of Arduino Leonardo is the in-built USB MIDI support. This is really useful f...

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